Welcome new and renewed members for 2021!

Having spent the last three weeks in Michoacán at the Guapamacátaro Art & Ecology residency, I thought an image of a traditional burn I experienced would be an important symbol to consider. Fire plays a significant role in agriculture in Mexico and with global wildfires on the rise, it can be seen as a controversial practice. Each February, an ancient fire lighting ceremony marks the start of the new year for the indigenous Purépecha communities of Michoacán. The fire is an offering to Kurhíkuaeri, the god of the Sun and of fire. Fire is a powerful metaphor and it is in the interstices of destruction and renewal that we can create space for ecological consciousness.

The Chinese New Year of the Ox also begins this month, the symbol of hard work. Although we are off to a good start here in the United States with President Biden, 2021 is a year that we should all be "staying with the trouble," as Donna Haraway would say. Our current reality, as bleak as it is, is where we will find our way forward, together, for a livable future. We have our work cut out for us. Let's role up our sleeves.

Almost 100 new members joined for this new year! The time has come to hold an information session on how to use the ecoartspace website, gain access to social media benefits, and general Q&A. I will send out a Zoom event invite in the next week, look for it!

150 people registered for Tree Talk in January, of which 50 were non-members. This response is exciting and represents the potential for what we can achieve as a community. In February, we have two Zoom Dialogues, Art and Agriculture, as well as our monthly Tree Talk. see below

I'll be preparing the Call For Artists for our annual fall exhibition this month. HINT: forests and trees.

“Between every two pine trees there is a door leading to a new way of life.” John Muir

Patricia Watts, founder

Image: Guapamacátaro Art & Ecology Residency, Maravatio, Michoacán, Mexico

art and agriculture

Thursday, February 11

USA: 10am PT, 11am MT, 12pm CT, 1pm ET

EUROPE: Scotland/Ireland/England: 18:00GMT, Belgium/Germany/Spain: 19:00UTC

Brandi and Carlton Turner, Chrissie Orr, Wendy DesChene and Jeff Schmuki

In this Zoom Dialogue we will hear from special guest speakers Brandi and Carlton Turner who are co-founders of a placed based regenerative agricultural resource in Utica, Mississippi. We will also hear from three ecoartspace members who focus on agriculture in their arts practice including Chrissie Orr who will present her work with SeedBroadcast, and Wendy DesChene and Jeff Schmuki, a collaborative duo known as PlantBot Genetics Inc., who will speak to the corporatization and the lack of transparency in food production.

Members and one guest are free. General Public can attend for a $10. Capacity is 100 participants. All participants MUST REGISTER.


tree talk: artists speak for trees

Thursday, February 25
10am PT, 11am MT, 12pm CT, 1pm ET

EUROPE: Scotland/Ireland/England: 18:00GMT, Belgium/Germany/Spain: 19:00UTC

Freyja Bardell, Kristin Jones, Jill Lear, Chris Manfield

For our February Tree Talk, four ecoartspace artists present their diverse ideas and artworks about trees and forests. Freyja Bardell will discuss three projects that focus on trees, forging connections to a specific tree or forest through themes of loss, life cycle, spirituality and survival. Kristin Jones will share her working process on her ongoing work BEHOLD, a cross-disciplinary project aimed at celebrating iconic urban trees by merging science, art, environmentalism and technology. Jill Lear will discuss the premise for her current body of work, Urban Sprawl: Trees in Cities, followed by a tour of her favorite trees with photos, artwork and history of each one. Chris Manfield will speak about his relationship with sequoia trees and the interwoven strings between family, trees, fire and politics based on his personal experiences and research. 

Tree Talk is moderated by Sant Khalsa, ecofeminist artist and activist, whose work has focused on critical environmental and societal issues including forests and watersheds for four decades.

Co-sponsored by Joshua Tree Center for Photographic Arts

Did you miss TREE TALK on January 28? Watch it now on VIMEO

Members and one guest are free. General Public can attend for a $10. Capacity is 100 participants. All participants MUST REGISTER.


featured ecoartspace artist

bonnie peterson

Peterson is a textile artist using embroidery to investigate cultural and environmental issues. Mixing a variety of source materials such as scientific data and early explorer’s journals, she stitches words and numerical graphs on silk and velvet fabrics to make large narrative wall hangings and annotated topographic maps. Her recent projects examine geophysical climate issues inspired by a series of collaborations with scientists. Peterson seeks simple explanations for the important principles in environmental science and attempts to convey complex layers of meaning. She's been artist-in-residence at Yosemite, Rocky Mountain, Isle Royale, and Crater Lake National Parks.



recent blog posts

Familiars Christopher Reiger for Humans and Nature, Chicago

Memorial Zoom event for Amy Lipton 1956-2020 (zoom recordings, poem and provocation)

Documenting the Desert Kim Stringfellow, written by Genie Davis for Art and Cake, Los Angeles

The Ministry for the Future by Aviva Rahmani (novel by Kim Stanley Robinson, review)

member exhibitions

The Botany of Living exhibition including Louise Russell at A Photographers Eye, Escondido, California. February 20 - March 20, 2021. (datura above)

Loss and Love Across Species Lines: The Neuroscience of Attachment a group exhibition including Jan Harrison, The Fusion Gallery, Orlando Science Center, Florida. February 12 - May 16, 2021.

The Botany of Living exhibition including Louise Russell at A Photographers Eye, Escondido, California. February 20 - March 20, 2021. (datura above)

Lil Olive at OH Gallery, Springfield, Missouri including new video work titled Earth Melancholia Continued. Opens Feb 5, 2021.

Adequate Earth: Artists and Writers in Antarctica, online exhibition and virtual events including Helen Glazer, January 28 to May 22, 2021.

Wildfires in Utah Art, Homes and Lands group exhibition of Utah artists exploring the impacts of fire ecology, including Jean Arnold. Bountiful Davis Art Center, Utah. Through February 20, 2021.

The State We're In Water: Constructing a Sense of Place in the Hydrosphere an interdisciplinary project including Robin Lasser. Oklahoma State University, Museum of Art in Stillwater. Through May 29, 2021

Broken Poems of Butterflies, solo exhibition by Etsuko Ichikawa using radioactive materials to shape artworks and video footage of haunting beauty. Jordan Schntizer Museum of Art, Pullman, WA. Through March 20, 2021.

Do you have an upcoming exhibition? Please email the information to info@ecoartspace.org to be included in future newsletters.

member announcements

Diana Scarborough in collaboration with space weather scientist Nigel Meredith are seeking images of the night sky that they will embed with animations for their upcoming music video. 5 max per person, landscape format, please send to dianasj62@yahoo.co.uk via wetransfer.

A Photographers Eye: Artist Talk, with Louise Russell. Thursday, February 25, 5:30pm PST.

Disentangled Art: How the Adirondacks Changed Landscape Painting, with James McElhinney. Tuesday, February 23, 7pm EST.

A Culture of Possibility, a podcast with Arlene Goldberg. Thursday, January 22, 2021.

Pandemic ecologies during the Great Anthropause by Christopher Kennedy for Resilience Quarterly online. January 12, 2021.

Landscape, Loss and Transformation, with Stevie Love, Art in Residence, Open Forum, January 11, 2021. (recording)

Prophecy Becomes the Present, review of Wildfire in Utah Art, Homes, and Lands including Jean Arnold. January 11, 2021.

Antarctica: A Year of Ice, with Lily Simonson, Carroll County Arts Council, January 8, 2021. (recording)

Art+Science II: The Exhibition, with Bremner Benedict, LENSCRATCH online, January 8, 2021.

Artist Profile: Marthe Aponte by Betty Brown for Art and Cake online, January 1, 2021.

CSPA Quarterly: EcoSomatics Q31, The Center for Sustainable Practices in the Arts, online and print journal.

Do you have an announcement you would like to share? Please email links to info@ecoartspace.org to be included in future newsletters.

about ecoartspace: Conceived in 1997 by Patricia Watts in Los Angeles. In 1999, Watts partnered with Amy Lipton in New York to create a bicoastal nonprofit platform for artists addressing environmental issues. Together they curated over sixty art and nature exhibitions, participated on dozens of panel discussions, and have given over eighty lectures, nationally and internationally. Since 2010, Watts has created Action Guides of replicable social practice artworks and has conducted video interviews with thirty pioneering ecological artists. In 2020, Watts transformed ecoartspace into a membership platform.

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